Chuck Schultz, long time field office manager for the Redding Field Office is retiring in early 2004. After 30 years of federal government service, Chuck is going to kick back and enjoy fishing and other outdoor activities.
Chuck began his BLM career in 1972, by volunteering to conduct stream survey work while a student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He joined the agency full time as a fire control officer with the Idaho Falls District in 1973, then transferred to Susanville's Eagle Lake Resource Area to become a supervising range conservationist in 1978. He became chief of resources for the Taos, New Mexico Resource Area in 1989, then returned to California in 1995 to become manager of the Redding Resource Area.
When asked what experiences were the most significant over his career Chuck said, "They've all been significant!"
The Redding Field Office has marked notable accomplishments during Chuck's tenure. 1) After acquiring 15,00 acres along Clear Creek south of Redding, BLM and partner agencies launched a restoration program to re-establish historic runs of salmon and steelhead trout. 2) Public access at the Sacramento River Bend grew from just one mile to nearly 18 miles of riverbank. 3) A new rail-trail was opened to the public on 12 miles of abandoned railroad between Keswick Reservoir and Shasta Dam. It was made part of the National Recreation Trails System in 2001. 4) The field office has continued to implement land ownership changes directed in the Resource Management Plan. 42,000 acres have been acquired for the public while 40,000 acres of public lands have been transferred from public to private ownership. 5) The field office has worked with fire safe councils, community fire districts and other partners to complete fuel reduction projects in wild land-urban interface areas in five counties.
Chuck and his wife Dianna will continue to reside in Redding after his retirement. Chuck has two grown children, Chuck Jr., a BLM employee in New Mexico and Jennifer, a college student.
Best wishes, Chuck. Thanks for your service and friendship.